Kate Garraway shares distressing phone call where husband Derek told her ‘I can’t go on’ from hospital bed

Kate Garraway shares distressing phone call where husband Derek told her ‘I can’t go on’ from hospital bed


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Kate Garraway has revealed she received a distressing call from husband Derek Draper hours before she was due to go on Good Morning Britain.

Kate, 53, has been married to Derek, also 53, for 16 years and has gone through turmoil since her husband was hospitalised for coronavirus last year.

Derek has since beaten then virus but remains in intensive care in hospital as he fights the affects from the disease.

The TV presenter has now opened up on the last harrowing year in an upcoming documentary, Finding Derek.

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Ahead of its release, a clip from the programme, seen by Mirror, has revealed how she received a distressing call from her husband hours before she was due to go on air.

Kate, who revealed she was previously mistakenly told Derek "may have died" by the hospital, had called the hospital so a nurse could set up the iPad for one of her regular FaceTime calls.

She knew Derek didn’t always have the strength to speak but, he did on this particular occasion.

In the heartbreaking footage, Derek can be seen saying: “Kate, there’s no way out. There’s no way out.

“I’ve got to the point where I just think f*** it. Just f*** it.”

Kate then asks: “As in die?” Before he tearfully says: “Yes… I don’t know how to cope, I don’t know how to cope.”

The GMB star, who recently said Derek’s brain is “not his friend”, vowed to save her husband.

She tells him: “You don’t know how to cope with it. OK.

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“I know you feel like you’re trapped in your head and it’s terrifying. But you’re coming home, you’re coming back to your life and you will be the person, even better than you were before. You will be.

“I will find a way to make it better. I promised you that I would save you and I’m going to save you, I will find a way, but you just have to hang in there.”

Kate then stayed on the iPad for hours to speak to Derek and spoke to him throughout the night – and even reassured him as she took her morning taxi to work.

She relived the heartbreaking phone call and explained how she comforted him. Kate told the publication: “And in the end. I said to him, ‘Just stay with me, I’m going to keep talking to you’. And he was obviously exhausted. Because that’s the other thing, is that the tiniest thing completely exhausts him.

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“Being able to get those words out, for him physically it’s as tough as running three marathons, that’s the way the doctors described it. It takes huge amounts of energy and spirit for him to do that. It’s so huge for his body to be able to get that out. It’s a huge power of spirit actually to be able to speak out in that way.

“And then he’s sort of done and I was like ‘Close your eyes, I’m still here, I’m not going to go anywhere, I’m going to stay on the line’.

“So I kept the iPad going all the way into Good Morning Britain. And I said, ‘Right, I’m going to go on air now, and I’m going to ask the nurses to put Good Morning Britain on, so you can still see me and then I’ll call you straight afterwards’. It was a very strange, very strange morning.”

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